Pyrex Grip-Rite 5-Quart Mixing Bowl – Model Number: 1078616; Price: $11.49
This sturdy, heavy, wide, tempered-glass bowl with silicone strips on the base gripped the counter so firmly that we didn’t need to hold it when mixing cookie dough with a hand mixer. Its teardrop shape formed a spout that poured pancake batter smoothly, and the bowl is microwave-safe (though not intended for use on the stove as a double boiler or under a broiler). Its innovative features are an upgrade from the classic glass Pyrex bowl.
Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express – Model: 840; Price: $69.95
This waffle iron rapidly and reliably rolled out batches of waffles, taking less than 3 minutes to make each one and producing a last waffle that was the same as the first. The easy to read display had six settings, with 1 the lightest and 6 the darkest, and two texture settings, with quick bake for a crisp outside and soft inside or a slower bake for even texture throughout. The insulated handle and stay-cool casing were nice safety features. This model also indicates doneness by a light and beeping, ensuring that you know when the waffles are ready.
Chicago Metallic Muffin Top Pan – Model Number: NS51; Price: $13.95
This pan contains 6 cups that are only 1/2 inch deep but 4 inches in diameter. We found that each cup takes the same amount of batter as a cup in a standard muffin pan and that the baking time is cut by two minutes. Of course, this means that you will have to bake your muffins in batches (or buy two pans), but they are definitely worth the wait.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender – Model Number: KSB580; Price: $109.99
A large, powerful machine that aced our three key performance tests. Ice was quickly pulverized into snow, smoothies were lump-free, and hummus was perfectly consistent. Although the blades could not be removed, the entire jar is dishwasher-safe. For a cheaper version of this same blender (with a different finish), look for model # KSB560.
Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee System – Model: HG001; Price: $69.95
We recommend the Hourglass Coffee Maker for those people who prefer a milder, smooth, less bitter coffee. Though it takes considerably longer to brew and requires more ground coffee per ounce than traditional drip coffee makers the coffee extract can be conveniently refrigerated for up to two weeks, which minimizes waste.
Zojirushi Water Boiler and Heater – Model: CD-WBC30; Price: $99.00
It wasn’t fast, but this model had the highest capacity (4 liters) and held water at a designated temperature for up to 10 hours. The cylindrical shape and removable lid made it a breeze to fill and clean. The dispense button made it easy to get hot water without having to lift a full kettle. This model was the only one with an insulated body that remained only warm to the touch. The easy-to-read digital thermometer display, auto shut off safety, and clear level meter on this model leaves little else to be desired.